Booking The Trend

13 Jul

Books (Photo credit: henry…)

I have neglected you all this week.  I’m sorry.  I never call; I never write comments…it’s as if I’ve been busy with something other than blogging.

Ridiculous, I know.  But true.

I have been working on…I blush to admit it…I don’t know quite how to say it – if I say it, it has to be true and I have to do something with it other than work on it and talk about working on it and not read other blogs or answer comments because I’m working on it…

I have written a book.

There!  I said it!  Now I have to do something with it.

I am doing something with it.  This week, I have been working on my first re-draft.  I’m a thirteenth or fourteenth re-draft before I’m satisfied kinda girl, so it may take a while.  Each morning, when I should be visiting you and replying to you, I have been editing me.

I sort of wrote it two years ago, on my short-lived blog about living in South Africa during and after Apartheid; some of it was written before that, over many years.  It is in part a collection of poems (stop yawning at the back), but also a memoir (wake up, the rest of you).  I lived during an exciting period of history and it left me well-balanced and not a stress head and if you believe that, you haven’t been reading this blog for long.  The book is a catharsis.  Should be fun!

I intend to go down the e-publishing route because, if I’m honest, I can’t imagine a publisher wanting to buy it; why would they?  Apartheid is long dead and there’s no money in poetry.

However, I have this story in me that wants to be told.

I know many of you don’t read poetry, but I will share one you might enjoy; it may or may not make it into the final draft, but it will give you a flavour of the book’s tone.  Background: in 1994, just before the first free and fair South African election, a new flag was unveiled:

The Old Flag

Flag of South Africa, used between 1928 and 19...

Flag of South Africa, used between 1928 and 1994 known as the Oranje-Blanje-Blou. From the xrmap flag collection 2.9, with modifications by Denelson83. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New Flag

Flag of South Africa

Flag of South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Let’s Hear It For The Bunting


Orange and

green must

no more

be seen.

What a


Raise your

cup as

they run

up our







For the boxer generation – these are y-fronts:

Y fronts

Y fronts (Photo credit: stringberd)

50 Responses to “Booking The Trend”

  1. creatingreciprocity July 13, 2012 at 11:31 #

    Sounds good to me. Well done.


  2. speccy July 13, 2012 at 11:34 #

    Brilliant, Tilly. Good on you! I look forward to reading 🙂


  3. jmgoyder July 13, 2012 at 11:40 #

    Yes, yes, yes! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Sorry for the repetition, repetition, repetition. Bravo, bravo, bravo!!!


  4. grannymar July 13, 2012 at 12:01 #

    Well done you. Stick in there and enjoy the moment when it is published.


  5. vivinfrance July 13, 2012 at 12:03 #

    About bloody time! If you can nag me about Annie, I can nag you about a sure-fire winner.
    And before you go down the self-publishing route, please may I email you some ideas about possible publishers – those workshops I’ve been doing have not been entirely useless! Not today though. I have the dreaded effort test to get through in less than two hours’ time. I’ve written a 6- haiku chain this morning in French, in which my principal metaphor is the personification of the cardiologist as an executioner. I have printed it on a card, with a picture and shall present it to him before he starts in the hope that he lets me off for good behaviour.


  6. idiosyncratic eye July 13, 2012 at 12:04 #

    Well done! 🙂


  7. The Wanderlust Gene July 13, 2012 at 12:20 #

    This is the most tremendous news Tilly. Bravo!


  8. granny1947 July 13, 2012 at 12:28 #

    I am SO impressed….good luck with the book…let us know the title.


  9. mairedubhtx July 13, 2012 at 13:03 #

    Congratulations on your book. I would read it, even your poetry. I’m sure I would find it interesting to read about your time in South Africa before and after the changes in that country. Again, congratulations. Amazon has a good e-publishing group (don’t know if they are international but probably are) that I am using called You might want to try them. Another blogger used them and his book has turned out quite nicely.


  10. sanstorm July 13, 2012 at 13:08 #

    Well done, Tilly- that’s great. Hope you get it to Market soon. Will certainly buy as I love your style. Brilliant news my dear.


  11. laurieanichols July 13, 2012 at 14:46 #

    Fantastic! You should be proud, I wish you luck with the epublishing route, I hope that it goes well. I am very excited for you, soon perhaps I’ll be joining you when I finally finish my book.


  12. annie21livinginusa July 13, 2012 at 15:02 #

    Loved your poem……I was still in SA in 1994 when the new flag came out…..


  13. adinparadise July 13, 2012 at 15:03 #

    I absolutely love your poem, Tilly. 😉 Good luck with your book. Lots of hard work, I’m sure, but so exciting for you now the end is in sight.


  14. gigihawaii July 13, 2012 at 15:23 #

    It’s great you have written a book! Way to go, Tilly. Let us know how we can purchase it. Good luck to you!


  15. misswhiplash July 13, 2012 at 16:16 #

    now that you mention have been missed…

    but it is good that you are putting your talent in a new direction ..that is what growing is all about.

    I am sure that it will be a great success…lots of love


  16. robincoyle July 13, 2012 at 18:05 #

    May I highly recommend a useful series written by a brilliant blogger on using Strong vs Weak words while you go about your editing process?


  17. robincoyle July 13, 2012 at 18:06 #

    Oh, and congrats of writing a book! Well done.


  18. Pseu July 13, 2012 at 18:35 #

    Put me on the pre-print order list please.


  19. Tinman July 13, 2012 at 18:38 #

    Congrats, Till. Put me on the order list too please.

    (The y-fronts poem is great, by the way)


  20. katharinetrauger July 13, 2012 at 18:54 #

    Wow. This poem demonstrates the flavor of the book — a humorous poetry book about apartheid? I would never have dreamed up such a mixture, for sure! 😉
    Thanks, by the way,.for the explanation of the y-fronts. All my men wear ’em, but here we call them tighty-whiteys. Can you believe that?! 😀
    Sure glad I know ya’! ❤
    And congrats on finishing the first draft! That's much of the work behind you! Big congrats!


  21. McGuffyAnn July 13, 2012 at 19:04 #

    I am thrilled for you! I have a poetry book coming out this fall. Poetry is cathartic and so personal. I definitely will want a copy! It sounds important. Yay You!
    I also have a kid’s book coming out this fall. It’s exciting.
    I am just as excited for you.


  22. kateshrewsday July 13, 2012 at 20:35 #

    Tilly: impish poem, can’t wait to hear more about the book! Very exciting stuff!


  23. RoryBore July 14, 2012 at 02:20 #

    Personally, I love poetry and hope that it does not become a lost art.
    Firstly – congrats and good on ya!! Secondly, I would definitely read your book. My room mate in university was from South Africa and I find it so interesting. Also, I had a penpal (through my church missionary program) that was from Rhodesia – so you know how far back we are talking. All I remember is that I used to write letters to him – addressed to Rhodesia – then all of sudden he said address it to “Zimbabwe”; and then shortly after, I never heard from him again. I always wondered.
    Then, I saw Blood Diamond and thought, “Oh, he grew up and became Leo DiCaprio” 🙂


  24. Gabrielle Bryden July 14, 2012 at 02:54 #

    Yayayayayay! Good on you Tilly 🙂 I’ll buy a copy and you can blog tour on my blog if you want! ps. never apologise for poetry 😉


  25. Kay's Musings July 14, 2012 at 03:28 #

    Good for you, Tilly Bud! That’s fabulous!


  26. judithatwood July 14, 2012 at 03:29 #

    I can’t wait to read your book!


  27. Helen Cherry July 16, 2012 at 10:31 #

    Just catching up Tilly and well done you !!! keep redrafting but not for too long !


  28. sarsm July 17, 2012 at 16:22 #

    Fantastic, Tilly. I’m really proud of you!!!!!


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